By Shelby Talcott
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s opening statement had people on social media wondering what was going on with his voice.
Sanders spoke about President Donald Trump in his opening statement during Thursday’s Democratic debate. He also mentioned billionaires controlling “the economic and political life of this country,” but it had many discussing how his voice sounded throughout the statements.
“And that is, it goes without saying that we must and will defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of this country. But we must do more. We must do more,” Sanders said.
Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC News’ “The View,” tweeted urging that someone should “give Bernie a lozenge,” adding, “good lord.”
Bloomberg Business reporter Emma Kinery also asked, “Can someone get Bernie some water?”
“Bernie is literally sacrificing his vocal cords for the good of the American people right now,” John Ladarola, host of “The Damage Report,” tweeted.
Bernie Sanders with some kind of horrible sore throat is still 500% as intense and passionate as the rest of the stage. #DemDebate
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) September 13, 2019
“Bernie winning the hoarserace,” Ariel Edwards-Levy, a reporter for HuffPost, added.
TIME editor Anand Giridharadas wrote that Sanders has come down with “an infection.”
Bernie has come down with an infection whose chief symptom is making him sound exactly like he has always sounded. #DemDebate
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) September 13, 2019
Michael Tracey, a journalist, gave another take and suggested Bernie had been “vaping too much,” and former managing editor of Occupy Democrats wrote that “Bernie prepped for this debate by smoking 12 packs of cigarettes.”
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